I believe that my disability is my greatest blessing. At the age of 3, I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder that affects my muscles. My disability makes things like walking, dressing, and overall independent living a challenge for me, but it also taught me how to be mindful.
The challenges presented by my disability have shaped the way I live my life and view the world. My disability forces me to slow down and think things through down to the smallest detail. Everything from getting dressed to setting up my desk at work requires me to stop and think about exactly what I want to accomplish and the steps I need to take to make it happen. Everything is a process and every detail matters. The type of shoe I buy can be the difference between me arriving to work on time and being late. Most people would see this as cumbersome or difficult, and sometimes it can be, but I see each challenge as an opportunity for growth.
The same mindfulness I apply to my everyday life processes could also be applied to business processes. Break your organizational processes down to the smallest detail and ask yourself if this is the most efficient way of doing what you are doing. Pay close attention to why you are doing things the way you are. You can use tools like reports in ProcessPlan to help track efficiency and find bottlenecks. Again, most people may find these sort of things cumbersome, but they could end up saving you a lot of time and effort; you could possibly gain a competitive advantage. Mindfulness could be your greatest blessing.
Marquise Lane is a Client Success Specialist with ProcessPlan.